With close to 13,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the NSW Central Coast, the region has the fastest growing Indigenous community in Australia.
The traditional owners of the Central Coast are the Darkinyung people. The boundaries of the Darkinjung nation are the Hawkesbury River to the south, the Watagan Mountains to the west and Lake Macquarie to the north.
This area has over 7,000 registered Aboriginal cultural sites, the largest number in NSW.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Central Coast have complex health needs.
This includes a high prevalence of preventable chronic diseases, such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Kidney disease
Our community also has a high rate of known health risk factors, including:
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Poor diet
- Obesity and unhealthy weight
- Poor oral health